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Fenghuang
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Faction CSAT
Type UAV / UCAV
Seats None
Item capacity Max: 250 kg
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 350 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 8,900 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 4× Jian ATGM
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator

Defensive:

  • 120× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants None
Games
Apex

The KH-3A Fenghuang is a fixed-wing Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle that is exclusively used by Pacific CSAT forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Observation
    • Laser targeting
    • Air-to-ground fire support
« The KH-3A Fenghuang is an unmanned aerial drone based on Chinese design. The UAV adopts the unusual canard layout and is propelled by a pusher engine. This multipurpose drone is equipped with modern tracking and tracing systems, countermeasures and also carries four air-to-ground laser guided missiles.
Field Manual
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Design

The KH-3A's airframe combines a traditional swept-wing design with that of forward mounted canards. This layout makes it a STOL aircraft by design, meaning it works well taking off from and landing on short, bumpy landing strips, or even open fields.

The KH-3A does not support dynamic loadouts, and its standard armament only consists of air-to-ground Jian infrared/laser-guided missiles fitted with high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warheads. It can carry up to four of these missiles at a time and they are mounted onto the pylons beneath its wings (two on each).

Because of the small size of its airframe, the KH-3A is also semi-stealthed by virtue of its design against aircraft radars. Provided that the operator maintains a low enough flying height to blend it into the ground clutter, the KH-3A can observe targets for extended periods of time without being detected by enemy fighters.

It also has an integrated laser designator that can be used to mark targets for its own weapons or for friendly aircraft.

Stealth

The KH-3A's small airframe automatically grants it semi-stealth capability in all aspects. On infrared, it is one of the most difficult aircraft to spot from afar even when it isn't flying above massed ground clutter:

RCS

The KH-3A has a radar cross-section rating of 0.5, lowering the maximum detection range of opposing radars by half (50%).

IR

The KH-3A has superb low-observability on the infrared spectrum, and can only be detected at 50% of an infrared-based sensor's range (factor of 0.5; reduction of 50%).

Visual

The KH-3A is 30% less visible to visual-based sensors, and can only be seen at 70% of the sensor's default range (factor of 0.7).

Sensors

The KH-3A's sensors are optimised for ground attack missions:

Arma3-fenghuang-sensors

Orange = IRST
Green = Visual

Active Radar

The KH-3A does not have an active radar as it lacks the ability to utilise any radar guided munitions.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

IRST detection extends out to 4 km against aerial targets and 3 km against ground targets. On the other hand, visual detection has a maximum range of 3 km for aerial targets and 2.5 km for ground targets.

Both sensors are located in the targeting camera beneath the fuselage and work independently from the KH-3A's heading. They each have a minimum operating distance of 500 m, and the azimuth/elevation coverage for both is limited to 51 and 37 degrees (respectively).

The sensors are only able to track targets that are moving at speeds of 180 km/h or less. Target identities can be recognised once they get within 2 km range of the KH-3A.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 6 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.

Trivia

  • The Fenghuang is based on the real-world "Rainbow" UCAV developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC); more specifically the CH-3A variant.
  • Fenghuang translates to "Phoenix" in Mandarin.

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See also

Drones of comparable role and configuration